History - From start to 1960s

Corporate Developments Year Automobile Developments
Mar.: Establishment of Hatsudoki Seizo Co.,Ltd. to produce and sell internal-combustion engines.
1907
Dec.: The nation’s first 6 horsepower gas inhaling engine is created.
1930
Apr.: The gasoline engine (500cc.) is produced.
Dec.: The three wheel car "HA Model" goes on sale (the first Daihatsu car).
1931
May: Tsubasa model three-wheel car "HB Model" goes on sale.
1937
Apr.: Small four-wheel car "FA Model" goes on sale.
May: Ikeda Plant begins operations. (Current Ikeda Plant).
1939
Dec.: Name changed to Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.
1951
Oct.: Three-wheel car BEE goes on sale.
1957
Aug.: Small three-wheel car Midget goes on sale.
1958
Nov.: Small freight car Vesta goes on sale.
1960
Nov.: Light freight car Hijet goes on sale.
Jun.: Ikeda 2nd Plant begins operations.
(Current Head (Ikeda) 2nd Plant)
1961
1962
Aug.: Small freight car Hiline goes on sale.
Oct.: Education center established.
(Current Sale training center)
1963
May: Small freight car Compagno Van goes on sale.
Mar.: Medical center established.
1964
Feb.: Small car Berlina 800 goes on sale.
Mar.: Head office completed in Ikeda city.
(Current Head office main building)
Jul.: Daihatsu begins the research and developments of electric vehicle.
1965
Apr.: Small sports car Compagno Spider goes on sale.
May: Daihatsu Diesel Mfg. Co., Ltd, separated from production and sales depertment of disel engine, established.
1966
Nov.: Light vehicle Fellow goes on sale.
Feb.: Shiga Test Course completed.
Nov.: Business tie-up signed with Toyota Motor Co., Ltd., and Toyota Motor Sales Co., Ltd.
Nov.: High performance "EV car" developed.
(Max speed 90km/h, Mileage 119km)
1967
Jul.: Daihatsu Motor Sales Co.,Ltd. started business.
1968
1969
Apr.: Small car Consorte Berlina goes on sale.
Sept.: Fellow Van EV goes on sale.
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